By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has called for a sense of perspective in the wake of Arsenal's surprise 3-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

The Frenchman admitted his team were "flat" at Emirates Stadium on Saturday as the Baggies surged into a three-goal lead after the break and held on for a shock win despite a late double from Samir Nasri.

Wenger has analysed the performance and now wants to draw a line under it as Arsenal focus on an important Champions League clash with Partizan Belgrade.

"The whole squad was very very low yesterday because we knew we had a good opportunity to win this game [against West Brom] and we didn't catch it," said Wenger.

"We have to stand up for what happened to us. It is our first defeat of the season and I think we have to take a perspective and a distance with that. We have done extremely well since the start of the season so now we will regroup and play well tomorrow night.

"Yes [it is good to draw a line under it] because we gave a lot physically against West Brom and it was not because we lacked effort [that we lost]," he added.

"I think we rushed our game and we didn't respect the priorities in our game and that's why we lost. But we gave a lot and I believe we will have a good game tomorrow because we are a good team."

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27 Sep 2010